Gifts of the Season Giving Program lets Grand Casino Guests and Associates nominate local non-profits to receive one of four $5,000 donations

Onamia, Minn. and Hinckley, Minn.  – The essence of the holiday season is rooted in the joy of giving. That’s why Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will be donating $20,000 (split into four $5,000 donations)  this Holiday season through the ‘Gifts of the Season’ Giving Program.

The nomination process will run from Monday, December 12 – Thursday, December 15. During this time people are encouraged to nominate a nonprofit organization of their choice on the Grand Casino MN Facebook page or website.

Following the nomination process, a selection committee will meet to review the nominations and select four finalists based on eligibility requirements.  To be eligible to receive a donation, the organization must be a 501(c)3 doing charity work in Minnesota and must fall within Grand Casino’s categories of giving which include health and human services, arts & culture, education, environment or holiday giving.

The Grand Casino Giving Patrol will then surprise one finalist each day from Monday, December 19 through Thursday, December 22, with a $5,000, in person donation. Guests can follow the Giving Patrol online through the Grand Casino MN Facebook page each day. Pictures and recognition for the organization will be posted online after the donation is made.

For more information, please visit Grand Casino MN Facebook page or

About Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. The casinos feature gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, live entertainment, and The Grand Harmony Spa and Grand National Golf Club at Grand Casino Hinckley.  The casinos directly employ more than 3,000 people and cover more than 4,000 people with their insurance plan.  The Band taxes these entities at 100 percent and utilizes the revenues to provide health care, education, and other programs and services to Band members.  The Band also invests in infrastructure and economic development that directly benefit the entire community.